Each Thursday at noon, the COVID313 Community Coalition for Families and Students host a virtual townhall focused on supporting parents, students, and families during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The next Townhall for Families and Students will be Thursday May 14 from 12n-2p. Find out more at covid313.org. You can also see it live on Detroit Public TV’s Facebook page each Thursday.

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Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has added more personnel to handle the claims and are still trying to catch up.

While the state has already paid out more than four billion dollars in benefits to more than a million people, so many others are waiting, according to the unemployment office.

Questions keep coming: What are the eligibility requirements? Why am I locked out of the program? Why has my application been flagged as ineligible when I know I am?

This week on May 7, 2020 the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall got answers straight from the top with Michigan UIA Director Steve Gray.


The status of Detroit schools a major conversation this week in the COVID313 Virtual Town Hall.

Detroit Public Schools Community District Assistant Superintendent Chrystal Wilson has the latest on graduation ceremonies and where to find mental health support in this time of crisis.

Rajeshri Bhatia outlines how this summer and fall might look for area charter schools and Shondra Marshall of Hope Starts Here explains how parents who are essential workers can get support.